Enrich Your Life Through Language
As a supplement to the knowledge of new languages acquired through practice and self-study in the classroom, it is widely known that creating a network within the society of the language in focus is crucial towards proficiency of new languages. The Japanese Plaza, or J-Plaza, is a facility that TIU provides its students that has outstanding potential to create this network with Japanese students in the following ways.
・A link to Japanese teachers and Japanese students
・Japanese language tutoring and support from international students in English or other languages
・Japanese study materials, practice books for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), provision of resource materials to introduce modern Japanese society, and more...!
is a time where the Japanese Professors within the JLI provide personal guidance for students. From assistance with classroom topics to free conversation about anything students want to know, informal guidance is provided in 45-minute increments. It is held four days a week during 4th and 5th period classes. Some of the staff can also provide Japanese guidance in English!
There are plenty of native Japanese TIU students to be conversation partners for international students. There are no set topics or rules to conversation. In addition, international students can get help with presentation practice, or challenging points from class through special "interview tasks", where laughter is a natural byproduct. There are always three conversation partners available four days a week between periods 3 and 5.
Language Learning Advisors
This is personal advisory from Vietnamese, Indonesian, Nepalese, or British, among other nationalities, outstanding students who have already passed the JLPT N2 or N1 tests. These special peer advisors can provide Japanese study assistance in your native language, or otherwise in English, for those having a particularly tough time grasping the complexities of Japanese. You can choose the nationality of your mentor, so they will undoubtedly share many of the experiences or have overcome the challenges you may be facing. Sessions are provided four days a week between periods 3 and 5 for 30 minutes at a time.
Japanese Plaza Library
Fully equipped with practice books to help prepare for the JLPT N3 to N1, this library is also full of grammar explanatory and practice books in a variety of languages (English, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc.). There are also plenty of books on Japanese culture written in English that cover topics like traditional culture, food culture, pop culture, as well as daily routines.
The south wing of the J-Plaza has a designated Japanese Learning Space. In addition, there are three quiet rooms where students can practice JLPT listening exercises with CD players.